ByWachusett Liquors August 16th, 2017 9:23PM
While we’re acknowledging the end of summer, we’re certainly not excited to announce that summer is ending. We hate to be the bearer of bad news. But there’s a silver lining here, which is that sour beers are still going strong! Between the We’re Funk’d Festival and the rising number of sour beers that are being released every year, we’re confident that this trend won’t end anytime soon. And that’s a great thing! Because there are so many to choose from, it’s easy to break into these refreshing sour experiments. We’ve already written about the best summer beers in general, but as a cheers to the end of summer, we’ve compiled some of the best sour beers to help you close out the season in style.
Jack’s Abby calls their Cranberry Berliner their “ode to summer”, so why not drink it before summer ends? Because it is a Berliner Weissbier at heart, you can expect a low alcohol content (only 3.5%) which makes this an easy sipper for fans of tart tastes. Pair this with your last few grilled burgers this season and you won’t regret it.
Careful with this one… At 7.3% ABV, this sour beer is certainly heavier and sharper than the others that appear on this list. Because of it’s alcohol content, Avery Apricot Sour makes a big first impression and packs a tart punch (or pucker). Regardless, it is still delicious as it bursts with juicy apricots. This isn’t Avery’s only sour beer, and we always look forward to seeing what other tart treats they release. The Apricot Sour is a success in our books.
For newbies to the sour niche, the Pale Sour Ale is a great choice to ease you into this new world of beer. Luckily, if you like it, you can get it year-round. Tart and crisp, this is a well-balanced beer that will pair well with meats and heavier foods. Brewery Ommegang made a smart move by adding this golden beer to their core lineup.
Allagash continually wows us with each release. Nancy is no exception. This sour red ale is the cherry on top to a fun-in-the-sun summer day – literally. It is created with Maine cherries and Brettanomyces (sometimes known as “brett” – and don’t worry, this is a funky bacteria you’ll want in your sour beer.) It contains an excellent balance of sweet, fruit, and tart. With a good, sour bite, you might want to save this one for other sour fans like yourself.
If you like peaches, you’re in for a treat: Upland Brewing doesn’t beat around the bush with this concoction. With an aroma of oak, sourdough bread, and– of course– peaches, this is sure to win over any fruit beer lover. If you like sour, you’re in for an even bigger treat: this beer has a sharp and dry finish. Ready to try it? With a great balance of tanginess and peach, this might become your new favorite sour.
The only sour face we like is the one right after you have a sip of these sour beers. From fruity and sweet to sharp and tart, we’ve got plenty of the best sour beers on our shelves. Want to see if we still have a certain one in stock? Contact us today and ask about our inventory! Or better yet, swing by our store. We would love to help you find the perfect sour beer!